Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is America’s oldest and largest national park encompassing nearly 3,500 square miles of vast wilderness. Dramatic volcanic geysers, lush forests, pristine alpine lakes and rivers are home to hundreds of animals species including bears, wolves, bison, elk and numerous species of wild trout. Yellowstone National Park holds a lifetime of fishing adventures. We tend to focus on the waters closest to Jackson Hole.
Lewis Lake and Lewis River
Lewis Lake and Lewis River, named after Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, is a great place for both beginner and experienced anglers. Lewis allows you to experience a drift boat float trip into an area of Yellowstone few other people ever see. It’s a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Jackson to Lewis Lake and a 30 minute boat ride if you want to fish the Lewis Channel. Brown trout, brook trout and mackinaw (lake trout) inhabit these waters. Small streamers, nymphs and occasional dryflies during the brown drake hatch are the best options for catching these species which range from 16-24.”
The Firehole River is an intermediate to advanced wade fishing only river near Old Faithful. It is an incredibly unique fishing experience where fly anglers catch trout among steaming geysers and wild roaming buffalo. Rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout frequent the Firehole and range from 8-16” in size. Featured in well known fishing publications including “Top Ten Places to Fly-Fish Before you Die,” the Firehole is a highlight for many world traveling anglers who seek this once in a lifetime opportunity. The Firehole is also a great option if you want to combine additional Yellowstone explorations including stops at well-know sights like Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic geysers.
Green & New Fork Rivers
“Fishing the Green and New Fork is always an adventure,” proclaim local guides. Whether it’s running into a moose or a true Wyoming cowboy, exploring the Green and New Fork Rivers is the real Wild West. These rivers were home to the annual mountain man rendezvous where Native American tribes and historic characters including Jim Bridger and Davey Jackson came to trade animal pelts for provisions. Both the Green and New Fork are home to monster brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout (many exceeding 20”) located among high alpine prairies framed by the Wind River and Wyoming Mountain Ranges. Expect a breathtaking drive south through Hoback Canyon where bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope are common sightings. Transportation is included, and guides will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in Jackson/ Teton Village.
Welcome to the majestic Snake River… domain of the wild and native Snake River Cutthroat Trout. Few other river systems in the world maintain a healthy, wild, strain of native trout as does the Snake River. The Snake River is one of the crown jewels of the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers program and originates in Yellowstone National Park before flowing south through Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. Western River Anglers is proud to be permitted to guide these waters where Grand Teton scenery is spectacular and the trout are plentiful with an average of over 800 fish per mile. Eminent biologists agree that the Snake River cutthroat subspecies ranks as the strongest, heartiest and best fighting member of this uniquely beautiful trout family.
Exploring Wyoming’s Salt River is the perfect opportunity to escape the crowds near Jackson Hole and to fish a smaller and more intimate tributary of the Snake River. Native fine spotted cutthroat and brown trout thrive among the Salt’s cold and clear waters. Dry fly fishing is often productive with a plethora of stonefly, mayfly and caddis insect hatches throughout the spring, summer and fall. There are many fish per mile along the Salt which makes for entertaining fishing for both beginners and experts. The Salt is also a preferred spawning region for larger cutthroat and browns migrating upstream from Palisades Reservoir in the spring and fall.
The Bighorn River is Wyoming’s blue ribbon trout fishery located near Thermopolis, Wyoming. Be prepared to catch trophy trout on a variety of flies ranging from nymphs to streamers to small blue wing olive dry fly patterns. This is truly one of the finest rivers to hunt mega-sized trout in Wyoming, and Western River Anglers works hard to put you on the fish. Expect to catch brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout. Thermopolis is where we base our trips and is a charming small Wyoming town where you can soak in the world’s largest mineral hot springs after a day on the water. Western River Anglers requires a two-day minimum reservation due to the Bighorn’s location from Jackson Hole. Western River Anglers is permitted by the Bighorn Basin BLM under Special Use Permit.